A new image from The Parkhurst Stills.
Good news! My image Hitchhike from The Parkhurst Slides will be on view from June 6th through July 4th at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art as part of the museum’s Biennial.
This is the first of the Parkhurst Slides that I will be posting, on this the first day of the new year. I submitted two pieces to the Project Basho Onward ’10 from the series and both were accepted. This one, Route 45, was in my senior show. I decided to post these as I will be starting up with the project again. Goal #1 – shoot in the studio on Sunday evening. Juggling photographing and work is a challenge but that’s what the New Year is for.
The Parkhurst Slides are a collection of narratives pieced together by an underlying strangeness. They depict the moment that a decision is made, the point when the plot reveals itself. By using a combination of found image and staged portrait I am directing an action; a short film in one instance. A feeling of nostalgia is present in the photographs, but it is a made up nostalgia. It is a search to connect with a moment or memory that is not true. I create something that I want but cannot have.
The backgrounds for all of the images are projected slides dating from 1943-1969, all shot by one photographer. The final image is shot in camera. The subject poses in front of the projection to form a new image.
Here’s to 2010 and making more work!